In what could be his final San Beda-Letran rivalry game, Donald Tankoua made sure that he and the Red Lions would come out on top.
Last Tuesday, the San Beda Red Lions held an imposing 22-point lead, 67-45, on archrivals Letran Knights with 6:19 left in the game.
The Red Lions forgot one thing, however, and let their guards down, which allowed the Knights to storm back with a 19-0 blast.
“If we lost this game, I should probably blame myself for that because I gave everybody a chance to play and the other guys who came in just simply didn’t want to really step up,” lamented head coach Boyet Fernandez. “They thought it was already a won game for us.”
With Robert Bolick fouling out with less than a minute left, San Beda needed someone they could lean on to stop the bleeding.
It was Tankoua who heeded the call, knocking down a clutch basket that eventually gave the Red Lions a 74-68 win.
Because of his herculean effort that saw him finish with 19 points and nine rebounds, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian was hailed as the Chooks-to-Go/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week.
Though his team got the victory, last season’s Finals MVP hopes that this serves as a wake up call for his teammates, that they can never sleep on anyone the rest of the way.
“What happened happened and I think that we should realize that we really have to work hard in every game,” the 23-year-old big man said.